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  • 30th May 2007

    Northern Ireland minister Ian Paisley Jr calls gay people repulsive 27

    Mr Paisley was appointed a junior minister in the Office of First Minister and Deputy First Minister by his father only three weeks ago.

    2:00 PM — A minister in the government of Northern Ireland has caused outrage with homophobic comments made in a magazine interview.Ian Paisley Jnr, who is the son of the Democratic Unionist First Minister, told Hotpress magazine that lesbians and gay men harm society.Mr Paisley, who was once dubbed the "baby dinosaur of the 21st century," has been criticised by gay equality organisation Stonewall.

  • US lesbians take on mortgage lenders 1

    One of the claims in this case is under the federal Equal Credit Opportunity Act.

    10:55 AM — A lawsuit has been filed in a New York federal court on behalf of a same-sex couple after the self-described "America's number one home loan lender" refused to add one partner to the other's existing mortgage and then threatened to foreclose on their home.Adola DeWolf, 49, a teacher for juveniles in the justice system, and Laura Watts, 42, a college administrator, have been in a relationship since 2004.

  • CPS to consider charges over homophobic sign

    Gay equality group Stonewall said the sign could breach new equality laws which came into force on April 30.

    10:30 AM — Police have sent a file to the Crown Prosecution Service after investigating a homophobic sign that was put up outside a Wiltshire pub.The new landlord of the Anchor and Hope in Trowbridge was questioned over the sign, which appeared three weeks ago promoting the pub's reopening.The pub's former landlords John Williams, and his 26-year-old partner Lee, believe the sign, which read 'faggots and mince not on the menu', refers to them and have made a formal complaint to police.

  • British police to monitor Riga Pride

    Detective Sergeant Sharon Stratton and Detective Constable Anthony Forsyth from London's Metropolitan Police will be monitoring the Friendship Days events.

    10:17 AM — Politicians from EU member states are attending Friendship Days this year to express their support for the LGBT community in Riga.The Friendship Days will champion all human rights, but especially the right of assembly and free speech in the Latvian capital.Detective Sergeant Sharon Stratton and Detective Constable Anthony Forsyth from London's Metropolitan Police will be monitoring the Friendship Days events.

  • 29th May 2007

    UK Pride events will feature legal advice stalls

    Citizens Advice will have stalls at London Pride on 30 June.

    4:50 PM — The Citizens Advice service will have stalls at Prides in London, Cardiff, Brighton and Manchester this year.They will be focusing on the Sexual Orientation Regulations, which now make it illegal to refuse goods and services on the basis of a person's sexual orientation.There will also be awareness-raising information on how civil partnerships can affect most benefits and on the regulations on discrimination and equality in employment law.

  • Moscow gays will march again in 2008 vows activist 61

    The four MPs and MEPs who attended this year are to invite their colleagues to make the trip to Moscow in 2008.

    4:31 PM — The organisers of the banned Moscow Pride have announced they are already planning next year's event.For the past two years a gay march on 27th May has been banned by the city's mayor.On Sunday Moscow Pride organisers, MEPs and prominent British gay activists were among 31 people arrested as they attempted to deliver a letter of protest about the ban to the mayor's office.

  • Tutu tells Church to stop obsessing about gays 57

    Dr Tutu says church leaders should be focusing on problems in Zimbabwe, HIV/AIDS, and Darfur.

    3:49 PM — Desmond Tutu has called for the Anglican Church in Africa to stop "obsessing" with gay priests and same-sex marriages.The Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Archbishop of Cape Town said that church leaders in Africa were not paying enough attention to problems in Zimbabwe, HIV/AIDs, or the crisis in Darfur.He told ABC News: "There are so many issues crying out for concern and application by the church of its resources, and here we are, I mean, with this kind of extraordinary obsession."

  • Carer forced to leave job because of homophobic abuse claims 57

    The employment tribunal heard how Mr Reid was offered his job back, but felt he could not accept.

    3:23 PM — A carer at an old people's home said yesterday that he was forced to leave his job because he was gay.Kevin Reid, 43, told an employment tribunal that he was accused of performing an indecent act in front of patients, touching patients inappropriately and not wearing gloves while bathing patients.He was suspended over the allegations, then cleared by the home bosses and offered his job back.

  • British pianist banned from Vietnam 57

    Vietnamese officials say that they cannot guarantee the safety of the award-winning pianist.

    2:52 PM — A famous British concert pianist has been banned from performing in Vietnam because officials are worried about his sexuality.Vietnamese authorities refused to grant Stephen Hough a license to play because they thought he would be a security risk, according to The Telegraph. The company who invited him to play in Vietnam, Hennessy, promptly withdrew their invitation to the award-winning musician.

  • Gay couple guilty of setting fire to club 57

    Newcastle Crown Court heard how the crime could have easily ended in tragedy

    1:34 PM — A gay couple have been found guilty of torching a club with more than 50 people still inside.Stephen Bingham, 40, set fire to the Switch Spot in Newcastle an hour after he was removed from the club for punching the owner.Bingham was jailed for four and a half years. He told door staff that they should clear the club because he would torch it.

  • Australian gay bar wins right to ban lesbians and straight men 58

    The historic case is believed to be the first of its kind in Australia.

    12:03 PM — The Scottish owner of a gay bar in Australia has won the right to ban lesbians and heterosexual men from its premises.A tribunal made the historic ruling after hotelier Tom McFeely argued that women and straight men posed a physical threat to his guests in Peel Hotel, Melbourne.The Victoria tribunal said: "Sometimes heterosexual groups and lesbian groups insult and deride and are even physically violent towards the gay male patrons."

  • Gay teletubby probe by Polish government 57

    Picture copyright BBC publicity

    11:05 AM — The Polish government is currently investigating the Teletubbies over claims of homosexuality.The popular children's television show, and especially the character of Tinky Winky, has been accused of promoting gay propaganda by the conservative government.Teletubbies features four brightly coloured alien characters which are loved by young children.

  • 28th May 2007

    Cabinet minister Peter Hain condemns violent attacks in Moscow againt Peter Tatchell 61

    Peter Hain is a candidate for Deputy Leader of the Labour Party

    2:52 PM — Labour deputy leadership candidate, Northern Ireland Secretary and former Europe Minister Peter Hain has expressed to PinkNews.co.uk his grave concern about the treatment of gay rights protesters in Moscow.Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell was violently attacked by anti-gay protesters in Moscow. Right Said Fred singer Richard Fairbrass was also punched in the face while giving a TV interview. Both were there to support today's banned gay rights march in the city. Mr Tatchell was later arrested.

  • Mayor of London writes to Moscow mayor to support Tatchell 61

    Peter Tatchell shortly after the attack holding a gay rights poster

    2:12 PM — Ken Livingstone, the Mayor of London has written to Yuri Luzhkov, the Mayor of Moscow to call for an end to the official ban on gay pride marches. He also expresses his solidarity with Peter Tatchell who was violently assaulted and then arrested at yesterday's march."I am writing to convey my deep concern at the reported physical violence against, and arrest of, Peter Tatchell, a Parliamentary candidate for the Green Party in Britain, and other supporters of lesbian and gay rights."

  • 27th May 2007

    Peter Tatchell speaks out after his violent Moscow assault 62

    Peter Tatchell shortly after the attack

    9:31 PM — PinkNews.co.uk Exclusive"I'm not deterred one iota from coming back to protest in Moscow," Peter Tatchell told PinkNews.co.uk from Moscow, just hours after he was attacked by suspected neo-Nazis and then arrested by the Russian riot police the OMON. "Gay Russians need overseas support to protect them against state and neo-Nazi violence."Mr Tatchell told PinkNews.co.uk: "I urge people to protest to the Russian Ambassador and to ask their local MP to send a letter of protest to the Russian embassy."

  • Tatchell calls for gay freedom in Russia 61

    Peter Tatchell made the speech before his attack and arrest

    3:44 PM — Gay human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell gave the opening keynote speech at the Moscow Pride conference in the Swissotel, Moscow:I bring you a message of comradeship and solidarity from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex [LGBTI] human rights organizations OutRage! in London.Your struggle is our struggle.

  • Please help us, says Moscow Pride organiser 61

    Peter Tatchell and Nikolai Alexeyev (right) at a pre-Moscow pride protest outside City Hall, London

    3:08 PM — Nicolas Alexeyev, the organiser of Moscow Pride, is being held by police with other gay activists, among them Peter Tatchell. Mr Alexeyev has released the following statement:"We ask the western democraties to put a maximum pressure on the Russian authorities to release us immediately."The protocol written by the police is completely falsified and all the Western MEPs and MPs who were with us could confirm it.

  • Moscow authorities defend gay march arrests 61

    “The city's police will cut short any attempts at provocations in every legitimate way,“

    3:06 PM — Most of the team members of the Pride Committee have been arrested in Moscow. Nikolai Alekseev, Alexey Davidov, Nikolai Khramov are being detained by police.A spokesman for the Moscow City Interior Department, Viktor Biryukov, told Itar-Tass news agency:"Organisers of the pride march had an opportunity to appeal the authorities' decision in court but they failed to provide sufficient legal grounds."

  • Peter Tatchell attacked at Moscow Pride 63

    Mr Tatchell was punched in the face by a young man, and police have said they are investigating the assault. (Credit: Flickr/ AFP)

    3:00 PM — Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell has been attacked by anti-gay protesters in Moscow. Right Said Fred singer Richard Fairbrass was also punched in the face while giving a TV interview.Both were there to support today's banned gay rights march in the city. The BBC reports Mr Tatchell has been arrested.

  • 26th May 2007

    Gay groups condemn blood donation ban 6

    The blood ban is claimed to be unwarranted

    9:34 AM — This week the Food and Drug Administration announced on their website that the current lifetime ban on donating blood will remain in effect for gay and bisexual men.In March of 2006, the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB), America's Blood Centers (ABC) and the American Red Cross (ARC) testified before the FDA that the lifetime ban for men who have sex with men "is medically and scientifically unwarranted."

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